March 2, 2018
One of the last symbols of coal-fired generation in Ontario came toppling to the ground this week.
The two 200-metre chimney towers at the Nanticoke generating station were taken down Wednesday, at what was once the largest coal plant in North America
According to Canadian Press, the public was asked to stay at least 500 metres away from the site on dry land and at least 1,000 metres away if watching the destruction from Lake Erie.
Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Chris Ballard called the demolition “symbolic” of the province having eliminated coal-fired electricity four years ago.
Ballard says ending the use of coal for power generation was equivalent to taking seven million cars off Ontario roads.
The station first generated electricity in 1973, but stopped using coal as fuel in 2013 and is no longer in operation.
In 2015, the province announced a plan to convert the site to a solar farm.